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In a sentence, who are you and what do you do?
I am a freelance graphic designer and illustrator.
What got you started? Was there a specific moment or time when you released “this is what I want to do”?
I can’t remember such a memory because I have been drawing ever since I could remember. But for my mom, there is a such a memory. When I was a little girl, mom saw that I was painting the walls of our home with crayons. So mom could tell I was going to spend my life drawing. She says that when I was 4-5 years old I was telling everyone that I want to be an art teacher.
What was your favourite comic growing up?
In fact, I did not have many comic books while I was growing up. I had a Tex, left from my mom. There was a cartoon show called ‘The Witch’ when I was little and I loved watching it. And in one of the magazines I have been buying regularly, there was a few page comic story of that show and I loved reading it.
What was the first piece of work or project that you were really proud of?
I can say that the illustrations for a children’s book about the pioneering woman of Turkey are the work I’m most proud of so far. I have illustrated fifteen successful Turkish women for the book. It was an honour to draw Selda Bağcan musician who composed many great songs, Semiha Es who went to Korea war as a war photographer and many great women like them.
What is your preferred material to work with?
I love crayons and colour pencils. After working long hours on the computer and drawing tablets, it makes me really happy and chill to get my hands dirty and paint with crayons.
What is your least liked material to work with?
I really don’t like to use gouache. Haven’t used them since high school years.
What’s your dream project? Forget about money, time, popular demand or any other variable. If that was all covered and you would work on whatever you wanted. What would it be?
I am very interested in history and mythology. I want to create a book about these topics which have a graphic and illustration potential.
If you had a spirit animal, what would it be?
I think that would be a cat. I think I can be soulmate with my cat.
What are you currently working on and what’s coming up in the future?
I’m working with Blue Fox Comics on a title named ‘Herebey Dragons’. I’m working with different companies as freelance an illustrator and also I’m working on my finishing project. I can not predict what will future bring.
Which artist(s) would you like to see interviewed? Why?
That would be Sabiha Rüştü Bozcalı. She was the first woman illustrator in Turkey. When she was born here Ottoman Empire was still on reign. Two years ago there was an exhibition about her and many old works of hers from archives was exhibited. And there was where I get to know about her. Unfortunately, she is not among us now but I would like to make an interview with her.
What questions (apart from these ones!) would you like to ask them?
I would like to ask her how does it feel to live in Turkey of those times and doing this job.
Tell us something about yourself that people wouldn’t normally know!
I can never sit on a desk and work. After a half an hour I go and sit in an armchair. When I’m home alone I always sleep with a few lights on.
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